|Patriots Owner Kraft: I was wrong to put faith in NFL|
That is the title of this piece;
This isn't a life and death situation. Nobody has died, but it does speak to what some call injustice, even if it is an NFL issue.
First of all, we are still a ways from the start of the NFL season. Secondly, I hold no hope at all for our Niners in the upcoming season and likely many more after that after the all-knowing York dismembered and dismantled the only winning team we've had since the Montana and Young 'dynasties'. I sure miss those days and those guys.
The NFL is a very tight good old boys network, with Goodell being the owner's marionette from the day he was hired. He maintains that posture today.
This is a troubling issue in more ways than one, but I would identify the fact that the accused, Tom Brady, has no evidence against him; nothing but conjecture and rumor. The accusations have placed a black mark on the last Super Bowl, which is more than unfortunate. And the ironic part of it all is that some are acting like the opposing teams of the Patriot's Super Bowl run played with some other footballs in their games against the Pat's. Ridiculous.
It gets even more ridiculous, however, when one considers the protocol for the footballs used in games, including Championship games. In almost all other sports, the referee/umpire crews are responsible for game balls, not the competitors. That sounds reasonable to me and has me scratching my head as to why and how it is that the NFL doesn't see the potential for conflict by having the very competitors choose their 'weapons' of choice.
This is, in one regard, a no brainer. The officiating crew should be responsible for the equipment used in games. Simple.
So what should happen now, versus what will likely happen? In my opinion, this matter should get the attention of the league and should be enough to change equipment policy giving the officials that responsibility. Secondly, and without proof, the league should get over themselves and let it go. If Goodell has proof, real proof, then he should expose it. To date, he has not. Further, the NFL appeal process is governed by the very person that passed the original judgment! Neat trick.
The NFL generates in excess of $10 Billion a year in revenues: We pay that bill and they want more. One would think they'd be a little more "professional" in their rules and approach. Roger Goodell has $300 Million reasons to do a good job in promoting the league and doing it right:
Instead, what we now have is this: "Patriots Owner Kraft: I was wrong to put faith in NFL", This, coming from the man that sits on the committee that determines Goodell's salary and who has had a very close relationship with Goodell. I'd say that relationship has soured some and it all could have been avoided had Mr Goodell done the right thing and farmed out the appeal so the evidence could be independently judged.
And to think; with all the NFL players in recent years arrested for violence and drugs, one would think and expect the league to clean it up and fly right. Apparently the good old boy network is just too profitable in the short term to think about it.
In the end, one has to ask; what does the behavior of the NFL say to ur kids and the rest of us?